Friday follow-up on “When Your Schedule Screams”

It was good week talking about Letting It Go in the area of our schedules, praying for one another, and some of us were able to fellowship over lunch!  Good stuff! 

MoT lunch March 2015photo creds: Brittney Pruitt

We do not have homework for next week. We will have a special guest speaker, a mentor and friend of mine, Lisa Cole. I am so excited for her to join us. You won’t want to miss it.

Lisa is going to speak on a topic that she shared with me many years ago and it has influenced my parenting ever since.

Lisa Cole intro photo

Class Handout from Chapter 7: (If you missed class, consider contemplating the questions on your own.)

{This was compiled and edited by me using information from the author, Karen Ehman, the P31 OBS leader, Melissa Taylor, Moms of Teens Bible Study Leader, Shannon Milholland and the Holy Bible}

Ice breaker: Are you an “early” or a “tardy”?

“Being busy is the new measuring stick of family success.” p 139

1) If that isn’t the correct measuring stick of success what is? What you think God wants the measuring stick of our success to be?

“When someone bumps my day’s agenda, threatening to knock the nice clear outta me, guess what happens: What is already inside of me will spill out.” p 137

2) What are some scriptures that help keep you on an “even keel” when your schedule or day gets “bumped”?

3) On pages 139-142 Karen gives some ideas for having a counter cultural calendar. Which one of these ideas would make the biggest positive impact on you and your teens if you implemented it?

  1. Stand back and ask, “Why?”
  2. Dare to be different.
  3. Consider setting number limits.
  4. Make a list and check it twice.
  5. Realize how each family member’s activities affect the others’ schedules.
  6. Don’t take on more than you can pray for.
  7. Say yes because you feel called, not because you consider yourself capable.
  8. Don’t attempt to set the world record for most consecutive years served.
  9. Ponder this truth: The less you’re involved in, the less your schedule will scream, and the less you just might too.

IMG_4922Psalm 31:14-24

 14 But I trust in you, Lord;

I say, “You are my God.”

15 My times are in your hands;

deliver me from the hands of my enemies,

from those who pursue me.

16 Let your face shine on your servant;

save me in your unfailing love.

17 Let me not be put to shame, Lord,

for I have cried out to you;

but let the wicked be put to shame

and be silent in the realm of the dead.

18 Let their lying lips be silenced,

for with pride and contempt

they speak arrogantly against the righteous.

19 How abundant are the good things

that you have stored up for those who fear you,

that you bestow in the sight of all,

on those who take refuge in you.

20 In the shelter of your presence you hide them

from all human intrigues;

you keep them safe in your dwelling

from accusing tongues.

21 Praise be to the Lord,

for he showed me the wonders of his love

when I was in a city under siege.

22 In my alarm I said,

“I am cut off from your sight!”

Yet you heard my cry for mercy

when I called to you for help.

23 Love the Lord, all his faithful people!

The Lord preserves those who are true to him,

but the proud he pays back in full.

24 Be strong and take heart,

all you who hope in the Lord.

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